Senior Vice President of Policy, Campaigns, and Advocacy

Senior Vice President of Policy, Campaigns, and Advocacy

Planned Parenthood

Washington, DC   |   February 4, 2020

Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits. Planned Parenthood is America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. Our skilled health care professionals are dedicated to offering all people high-quality, affordable medical care. One in five American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life.

Our 53 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide operate more than 600 health centers, which reflect the diverse needs of their communities. These health centers provide a wide range of safe, reliable health care — and the majority is preventive care, which helps prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment, and screen for cervical and other cancers. Caring physicians, nurse practitioners, and other staff take time to talk with clients, encouraging them to ask questions in an environment that millions have grown to trust.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the national organization for the nation’s leading network of women’s health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, men, teens and families. Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of PPFA. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the rights and abilities of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.

The Senior Vice President (SVP) of the Policy, Campaigns, and Advocacy (PCA) division is responsible for developing and executing the national strategy and management of the legislative policy, organizing, electoral, and policy-oriented litigation work. The SVP serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and also works with the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund to oversee its work along with Planned Parenthood Votes (Super PAC) and Planned Parenthood PAC.

The PCA division consists of four departments: Government Relations and Public Policy (GR), Organizing, Engagement/Elections (501c4) and Campaigns (OEC), the Action Fund, and Public Policy Litigation & Law (Lit & Law). These departments work collaboratively to build the power of our federation through vibrant impactful campaigns, policy solutions, and litigation to protect and expand access to reproductive health care nationally. These departments conduct this work with our affiliate partners by implementing creative strategies, providing strategic direction, technical assistance, and training for Planned Parenthood affiliates at the federal and state levels. As a 501(c)(4), the Action Fund provides leadership for nationwide grassroots organizing and electoral efforts that further the mission of Planned Parenthood, including driving political and membership engagement. Planned Parenthood Votes works to elect reproductive health champions as a federal independent expenditure.

 The Primary Purpose of this Role is:

The SVP of Policy, Campaigns, and Advocacy is a key architect of the national advocacy strategy for the Federation. They are responsible for working with the leaders of the four departments to develop and execute programs that leverage our political power, legal and policy expertise, and growing membership to protect and expand access to health care, particularly sexual and reproductive health care, for all. In this role, the Senior Vice President sets the vision and aligns the strategy of the four departments to one common purpose. The incumbent is also responsible for managing the organizational health, program delivery, legal compliance, and financial stewardship of the 120-person divisional unit, with emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion.

More broadly, the SVP serves on the Executive Leadership Team of PPFA and works with other senior leaders to solve shared problems and ensure aligned action and collective responsibility for the organization’s objectives and performance. The leader in this role is a frequent resource for affiliate CEOs and board members and works collaboratively across the Federation to both establish and execute proactive and defensive maneuvers to protect our patients and health centers. In addition, the SVP serves as an external ambassador representing the organization to partners, coalition tables, public forums, media, public officials, and donors as both a spokesperson for PPFA and PPAF and as a leader in the progressive and reproductive health spaces. Finally, the SVP will work with the PCA development teams to raise the resources needed to accomplish the goals of the division.

Responsibilities (in partnership with the four Vice Presidents in the PCA Division)

  • Works directly with the President and CEO, as well as division Vice Presidents to ensure strategic representation and involvement of PPFA in national issues, campaigns, and other strategic advocacy work
  • Collaborates with other PPFA divisions across the national office to ensure effective coordination and integration of PPFA messaging, organizing, and visibility
  • Works with the Office of the President, Development staff, and division Vice Presidents to identify prospective fundraising opportunities, cultivate new and existing donor relationships, and securing the resources to accomplish the PCA goals
  • Responsible for designing and implementing the division’s annual budget and allocation of resources. Is accountable for overseeing that all tasks and functions for the division are of the highest quality, completed in a timely manner, and are within budget
  • Oversees the hiring, continued development, and retention of the division’s Vice Presidents and other senior level staff
  • Serves as an executive level contact for coalition partners in reproductive health, rights, and justice fields, as well as other key progressive allies
  • Demonstrates in words and actions diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core value and prioritizes implementation of these values across the division and PPFA
  • Holds PCA people managers accountable for creating a great place to work while operating within the people programs for PPFA. Champions that people managers also ensure training happens to maximize achievement of programs, agency goals, and staff development. Drives engagement outcomes that promote culture, retention, and organizational health throughout the division
  • Serves as a national public spokesperson on behalf of PPFA and the Action Fund in media interviews, public speaking engagements, and brand marketing materials as needed.
  • Supports the Action Fund Executive Director and Action Fund Board in developing strategies, setting priorities, and allocating budget to achieve short and long-term goals.
Candidate Profile
  • This position is one of the primary leadership positions in the organization reporting directly to the President and CEO. It requires strong leadership skills, self-confidence, and a desire to further grow the most effective grassroots advocacy organization in the country. The SVP will pay special attention to developing relationships with other key PPFA and PPAF leaders, affiliate CEOs, and staff to fully integrate programs and activities into the national office PP Federation.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills as well as exceptional presence, judgment, and a sophisticated view on how they would approach the unique challenges of a world class healthcare, education, advocacy, and research organization. It is imperative that the successful candidate be a team player, a strategic leader, and have the leadership gravitas to contribute across the organization. They must also have a proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and possess the energy, grit, and appetency necessary to lead a group of deeply committed professionals in a perpetually high-stakes environment. Further, the successful candidate will share a passion and commitment to the overall mission which centers body autonomy and freedom of reproductive choice, position on controversial issues like abortion, and the values of Planned Parenthood.

The ideal candidate would possess a bachelor’s degree; a J.D. or a master’s degree in public health, political science, or women’s studies could enhance a candidate’s profile but isn’t necessary for this role.

Performance and Personal Competencies
  • Excellent skills in collaborating across divisions, functions, and regions, with a skill for engaging colleagues at all levels in projects and processes while continuing to own and drive the overall organizational plan
  • Proven ability to fundraise
  • Strong commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the intersection with health and social justice. A record of success managing and developing a diverse and talented staff
  • Uses data and analytics from a variety of sources to support decisions, and to align others with the organization’s overall strategy and foresee possible threats or unintended circumstances from decisions; someone who takes smart risks
  • An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the industry. Ability to manage the short-term dynamics that require rapid response, without losing focus on the big picture
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty; the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others in a complex organization and through complex situations
  • A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in his/her approach to making decisions; the ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always taking into account what is best for the organization
  • Ability to guide the four Vice Presidents and key stakeholders through their conflicts and disagreements to an aligned decision about how to move forward
  • The ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; widely viewed as a strong developer of others
  • The ability to persevere in the face of challenges, and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to higher standards, which commands respect from followers
  • A leader who is self-reflective and aware of their own limitations; leads by example and drives the organization’s performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement
  • Naturally connects and builds strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively
  • Engenders trust and followership in others through compelling influence, powerful charisma, passion in their beliefs, and active drive
  • Experience as a media spokesperson, able to drive key messaging even in difficult or contentious media environments
  • Strong writing and project management skills

Position is based in Washington, DC, but travel to the New York office is required as needed; estimate is about 20-35% of the time. Other travel is as needed.

How to Apply

Planned Parenthood has retained the services of Diversified Search to assist in this search. Interested candidates please e-mail your resume to [email protected]

Diversified Search Team Contact Information:

Lionel Anderson
Managing Director
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Corina Benitz
Vice President & Senior Associate
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